Our Christmas menus are now available! See below…

Sundays are still reserved for our traditional Sunday Roasts.

We are fully booked for Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, however we are running a waiting list for cancellations for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Gift vouchers are available in £10, £20 and £50 and be bought from the restaurant during opening hours.G

Welcome.

The ‘Old Smithy’ in Washington Village, is a 400 year old Grade II Listed building. The building has had a colourful past, formerly; a blacksmith’s forge, stables and even a pottery, it is famed locally for its connection to the capture of the highwayman Robert Hazlit, who was arrested and subsequently hanged after being spotted by a local lad, having his horse shod here by the resident blacksmith.

Things are slightly different these days.

Now ‘The Forge’, the building has undergone a full restoration and has been transformed into an eclectic, vibrant eatery, serving the highest quality, locally sourced, wholesome, fresh, seasonal British food this side of the river.
Accompanied by an extensive wine selection, locally distilled gins, real ales and great cocktails, The Forge is an excellent destination for those seeking fantastic quality food and drink, prepared by experienced talented chefs, in an historic yet cosy setting.
Our head chef, Lee Bennett, has spent the past 10+ years training and working with Newcastle’s finest chefs in some of the best restaurants across the City. Lee was awarded runner up in the recent North East Chef of the year Awards and The Forge has won Lux magazines Restaurant of the Year 2019 – Sunderland District.

We want to share Lee’s passion for food with you.

 

It is advisable to book in advance as we may restrict walk ins during busy periods.

When booking online, please make sure that you receive an email to ensure that your booking is confirmed.

Lunch

Usually served 12 – 3pm Wednesday to Saturday, however throughout December our Christmas Fayre menus are running 12-4pm/6-9pm.

On Saturdays we also run brunch specials from 12-3pm, see our social media for the latest.

Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.



A varied assortment of meat, fish, vegetarian small plates, sharing boards, nibbles, mains and desserts, locally sourced from the most trusted suppliers, changing with the seasons.

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Lunch Club Card

Join us for Lunch 4 times and get a free bottle of house wine on your 5th visit…

Please book as visits are also logged on our system.

 

Please note we will not be running the lunch club throughout December for our Christmas Fayre menu.

Christmas Lunch at The Forge 05/12/19

Served 12-4pm throughout December

1 course 14. / 2 @ 20. / 3 @ 25. 

 

Small plates:

Cream of cauliflower soup, caper and raisin dressing
Potted smoked salmon, pickled beetroot, salad cream, brown toast
Risotto of butternut squash, roasted mushrooms, goat’s cheese, pumpkin seed
‘Country style’ pork and pistachio terrine, plum chutney, sourdough

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Big plates:

Slow cooked turkey breast, roots, sprouts, pigs in blankets
Red wine beef, smoked bacon, horseradish mash, braised shallot, glazed carrot
Pan fried bream, heritage potatoes, spinach, mussel cream
Brussels sprout and chestnut crumble, creamed spinach – choose your side

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Afters:

Christmas pudding pastilla, whiskey ice cream
Dark chocolate fondant, vanilla ice cream, honeycomb
Mulled fruits, mandarin sorbet, creme fraiche, filo crisp
Hand-made ice cream and sorbet, biscotti
* British cheese, crackers, grapes, chutney

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Sides 3.5

Braised red cabbage / roasted duck fat roots / creamed potato / thin cut fries
savoy cabbage, ginger butter / spiced parsnips / sprouts, smoked bacon & chestnut

* £2 supplement

Deposit and preorder requested for tables of x4 or more.
Parties of x8 or more will have a discretionary 10% service charge for our staff added to the bill.
Midweek bookings of x8 and more get prizes – ask a manager.

For the Lunch menu with allergens click here

Sunday Lunch

Served from 12 – 6pm, Sunday.

A traditional roast, chicken, pork, beef, lamb and a vegetarian option, with seasonal starters and desserts.

 

Example Sunday Lunch Menu

 

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Dinner

Usually served from 6pm, Wednesday to Saturday evening, however throughout December our Christmas Fayre menus are running 12-4pm/6-9pm.

An ever changing varied selection of starters, mains and desserts, all locally sourced and freshly prepared, by the talented local lad, Chef Lee Bennett.

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Christmas Dinner at The Forge 05/12/19

Served 6-9pm throughout December

Small plates:

Cream of cauliflower soup, caper and raisin dressing 7.5
Potted smoked salmon, pickled beetroot, salad cream, brown toast 8.
Risotto of butternut squash, roasted mushrooms, goat’s cheese, pumpkin seed 7.5
‘Country style’ pork and pistachio terrine, plum chutney, sourdough 8.5
Seared king scallops, curried parsnip, yoghurt, almond 10.
Bread board, salted butter 2.

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Big plates:

Slow cooked turkey breast, roots, sprouts, pigs in blankets 15.
Haunch of venison, smoked bacon, braised red cabbage, potato gratin 20.
Roasted halibut, braised shallot, tartare mash, oxtail sauce 22.
Pan fried bream, heritage potatoes, spinach, mussel cream 18.
Brussels sprout and chestnut crumble, creamed spinach – choose your side 14.
8oz Rib eye/fillet, thin cut fries, peppercorn sauce 21./27.5

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Afters:

Christmas pudding pastilla, whiskey ice cream 7.5
Dark chocolate fondant, vanilla ice cream, honeycomb 8.
Mulled fruits, mandarin sorbet, creme fraiche, filo crisp 7.
Hand-made ice cream and sorbet, biscotti 6.
British cheese, crackers, grapes, chutney 9.

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Sides 3.5

Braised red cabbage / roasted duck fat roots / creamed potato / thin cut fries /
savoy cabbage, ginger butter / spiced parsnips / sprouts, smoked bacon & chestnut

 

Deposit and preorder requested for tables of x4 or more.
Parties of x8 or more will have a discretionary 10% service charge for our staff added to the bill.
Midweek bookings of x8 and more get prizes – ask a manager.

For the Dinner menu with allergens click here

Wine

A carefully selected choice of wine which will add a whole new experience to your meal, please ask a member of staff for their wine pairing suggestions.

Wine List

Gift Vouchers

Share the love of good food and wine, vouchers are available in £10, £20 and £50 and can be bought from the restaurant during opening hours.

What are you waiting for?

For parties of 6 or more, or if you have a special request, please call 0191 908 7621 to book.

All other bookings can be made following the link below, please make sure you receive a confirmation email for your booking.

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